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HIPPA security rules

Great Lakes Imaging would like to inform you of the new HIPPA security rules:

The HIPAA Security Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.308 (a)(5)(ii)(B) requires that all software used by Covered Entities and Business Associates be kept current and up to date with updates from the software vendor. If a vendor no longer supports a software program, it cannot be used. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7. After that date, simply having a Windows 7 computer on your network will be a HIPAA violation. Windows 7 HIPPA compliance won’t be possible. At Great Lakes Imaging we can update your computer to Windows 10.

From Microsoft’s Windows 7 Web page:

Support for Windows 7 is ending

All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.

Is Windows 7 HIPAA Compliance still possible?

Yes, if you are using Windows 7 now, you can still achieve compliance.  However, after January 14th, 2020 that won’t be possible. As stated above, even having a single Windows 7 computer on your network at the time will be an instant violation of HIPAA regulations. Extended support for Windows 7 will end and no new updates will be available from Microsoft. This includes updates for any new security holes that are found in Windows 7 after that date. Call or email Great Lakes Imaging for pricing to upgrade to Windows 10.

Because of its popularity, many Covered Entities and Business Associates are still using Windows 7. Migrating a large number of computers will take time and planning. The main issue will be ensuring it’s done before attesting for Meaningful Use.

No meaningful use using Windows 7

Where this becomes very serious is when a Covered Entity goes to attest under MIPS for Meaningful Use. Meaningful Use requires that Covered Entities also attest that they are HIPAA compliant. If a Covered Entity is using a Windows 7 computer next year and goes to attest, this will be an issue. Especially since the entity is stating they are compliant when it’s not possible that they are.

What do you need to do?

Here are some steps you can follow to get migrated over to Microsoft Windows 10 and remain in HIPAA compliance. Call or email Great Lakes Imaging, and let us help you through the process.

  1. Perform a Risk Assessment: If you haven’t already done so, do a thorough Risk Assessment of your practice (or business). This will reveal all of the computers that are running Windows 7.
  2. Assess your current hardware: Will you need new hardware? If so, how will you go about purchasing them? If your current computers will be able to handle Windows 10, then you can move forward.
  3. Plan your Windows 10 Migration: If you need to purchase new computers, get them ordered. If your computers are good, then download the Windows 10 update. Microsoft doesn’t publish it widely, but you can still upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge if you are using Windows 7.
  4. Dispose of old Windows 7 computers: Your old Windows 7 computers will still have Protected Health Information on them. The hard drives need to be wiped with a secure wipe method before you dispose of them. If you engage an outside service, make sure they provide you with a certification of destruction to add to your own HIPAA documentation. This will validate that you performed your due diligence to destroy the PHI that may have been on the old hard drives.

Other Microsoft software that is not HIPAA compliant

If you are one of the 5% still using Windows XP, its time to upgrade. Support for Windows XP ended in 2014. Windows XP was such a stable and good operating system, very much like Windows 7, that many people didn’t want to leave it. However, there have been no security updates for Windows XP for many years and it cannot be considered safe. On top of that, it is very much a HIPAA violation.

Windows Vista, one of Microsoft’s least popular operating systems, is used less than 1% of the time. Its support ended in April 2017. If you are still using Vista, this is a HIPAA violation.

Windows 8 was a popular operating system and it still holds 5% of the market. Extended support for Windows 8 will be available until 2023.

Another issue waiting to bite practices and their business associates will be servers running Windows Server 2003 and 2008. Windows Server 2003 was retired in 2015 and Windows 2008 will be retired at the same time as Windows 7, January 14, 2020. Servers are often used for longer periods than workstations and because of this, they are forgotten. If you are using a server with either of these operating systems, it is time to upgrade. The issue is, however, that the servers will also likely need to be replaced. Servers that old won’t be able to run the newer Microsoft operating systems for servers. Installing a new server is a much more prolonged process than changing your workstations. It involves relocating practice management and EMR data, setting up a new domain for your office and setting up security for compliance. Allow Great Lakes Imaging to help you become Hippa compliant.

Summary

The HIPAA Security Rule requires that all Covered Entities or Business Associates use software that is supported by the vendor. If the software is no longer supported, it is not HIPAA compliant. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will retire support for Windows 7, one of its most popular operating systems. If your practice (or business for Business Associates) is still using Windows 7 on your network, the time is now to start planning your migration to Windows 10. 2020 is just a few months away and will be here soon enough. Start taking action now so that you won’t have a Windows 7 HIPAA compliance issue in your practice. Windows 10 upgrades are still available for free for users of Windows 7, so there is no reason not to upgrade. If you are still using Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, and attest for MIPS, then you will have another issue since part of attesting is stating your HIPAA compliance.

Contact us today to get Hippa compliant.

Phone:586-268-9200

Email: info@greatlakesimaging.com

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Ultrasound Technology Advances into AI

Ultrasound Technology AI

Originally developed to detect flaws and damage in ship hulls, ultrasound was first used as a diagnostic tool by an obstetrician in Glasgow in 1956. That same year, the first artificial intelligence (AI) symposium convened at Dartmouth College. It may have taken some time, but these seemingly unrelated developments are finally converging with the first AI-enabled clinical ultrasound technology. Called Caption AI, it’s nothing less than a quantum leap forward in ultrasound equipment. Here, we answer some of the questions surrounding it.

How Does it Work?

Caption AI is a product of medical AI company Caption Health. It’s a subscription-based AI software that combines guidance in real time, automated quality assurance, and also enhanced imaging interpretation when used with compatible ultrasound hardware.

Is It Safe?

In a word, yes. Caption AI was subjected to clinical trials at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Alina Health as well as Northwestern Medicine. Peer-reviewed results are forthcoming, but in the meantime, it’s interesting to note that the users in these trials weren’t even ultrasound technicians; they were registered nurses, and the system was still able to return effective results.

What Are the Benefits of AI in Ultrasound?

Because of its speed and accuracy in image acquisition, Caption AI is expected to be uniquely suited for critical care units and emergency rooms. It’s capable of use in any setting that currently takes advantage of ultrasound, from cardiology to obstetrics. And from triage to diagnostics and treatment, the software should also help both to standardize and to improve patient care as well.

What Does the FDA Say?

Caption AI’s software — including its automated interpretation capabilities — is FDA-cleared for adult patients.

When Will This Be Available?

Caption AI pre-orders are currently open, and the first deliveries to accredited healthcare providers are expected to take place in Q3 2020.

Why AI Matters for Ultrasound

In an editorial that ran in last year’s issue of Health Management, Dr. Ian A. Weissman examined the role of AI in healthcare. Was it help, or hype? Dr. Weissman came down in the former camp, taking note of the tension between value-based and volume-based medicine and noting:

The days of having time to be able to review the patients’ chart, compare old films, speak to the referring physician when necessary, communicate critical findings to the patient in a timely fashion, and be available to answer questions are falling away with the increasing complexity of imaging, and the multifactorial workload challenges.

In other words, AI isn’t just about accuracy; it’s also about time, namely carving enough of it out of one’s day to alleviate some of the stress on key economic performance metrics. Because of the speed, accuracy, and diagnostic assistance it affords, AI has an important role to play in bringing the human element back into the equation for imaging technicians, the doctors with whom they work, and the patients they serve.

At Great Lakes Imaging, we’re encouraged by any development that increases efficiency while improving patient outcomes. Even at this early date, it’s apparent that Caption AI is a game-changer whose benefits will only grow as it gains traction in daily use. To find out more about this and other healthcare supplies and equipment, contact us today.

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Five Features That Make the Difference in Chiropractic Tables

Chiropractic Tables

However, we’re also well aware that the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is amply apparent in your chiropractic office. Of all the medical equipment in your examination room, few things—save for the chiropractor’s experience and care—are as important as a high-quality chiropractic table.

Width and Firmness

Firm cushions offer support and make moving patients much easier. With that said, some patients prefer the feel of softer cushions. With a bit of research, it’s possible to find a happy medium that keeps you and your patients happy. Table width is also a consideration, since a table that’s too narrow will leave a patient feeling unsupported and prone to moving around to find a more comfortable position; that, in turn, can aggravate muscle pain and pinched nerves, making your job more difficult. Choose wisely!

Vertical Lift

Just as patients come in all shapes and sizes, so too do doctors of chiropractic. A chiropractic table with vertical lift capability always ensures an optimal adjustment height regardless of the size of either the chiropractor or their patient. This ensures that whether you’re conducting a cervical adjustment, a side posture adjustment, guiding a patient through a hamstring stretch, or ensuring they can dismount the table easily, the perfect height is easy to dial in.

Drop Features

Drop tables allow for gentler adjustments, which is helpful if you have a patient in extreme pain, or a pregnant patient who needs a pelvic adjustment. A drop table will offer either manual or automatic drops. A manual drop table will be less expensive, but will require a bit of finesse to adjust the drop depth. Automatic drops can be set and reset quickly at the press of a button or a quick tap of a foot switch, saving time and preventing strain injuries to the chiropractor.

Traction

Traction features allow for decompression to treat challenging joint and disc conditions. Flexion (including lateral flexion), rotation, and extension won’t always be necessary, but it’s vital to have these functions on call for the patients who need them.

Portability

Portable chiropractic tables come in a number of configurations, and may be worth considering for some practices. If you’ve ever wanted to bring your healing touch to patients who couldn’t visit you in your office or to set up shop at a pop-up health clinic where volunteer doctors serve disadvantaged communities, portable tables are an excellent fit even if they lack some of the complex features found in stationary tables.

Sourcing Medical Equipment in Michigan

These features make a difference for chiropractors, but they also improve patient outcomes. They’re not a replacement for your education and experience, but they do help you put both to their best use, which in the end is the best argument to err on the side of more and better features. Great Lakes Imaging will account for your unique approach to your patients, then match you to the proper equipment that aligns with your needs and values. There’s an old saying that reminds us, “People may not remember what you said, but they’ll remember how you made them feel.” Your patients may not remember to heed every bit of advice you give them, from proper stretching to ample hydration, taking quality supplements, exercising, or quitting smoking. But when you solve their problems — restoring function, increasing mobility, alleviating pain, and improving their quality of life — they’ll remember that, and when a friend or family member is experiencing difficulties, you can bet your name will be top of mind. How can Great Lakes Imaging help you? Call us today to find out!

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ACL Tear Treatment: Not One Size Fits All Diagnoses

ACL Tear Treatment: Not One Size Fits All Diagnoses

The anterior cruciate ligament is 1 of 4 ligaments in your knee. When it’s over-stretched, or if it tears, the resultant injury can be excruciatingly painful. Although women are statistically more likely to suffer an ACL injury, they can happen to anyone at practically any time; as more kids take up organized sports, and as seniors stay active well into their golden years, ACL tears are becoming common across a wide range of demographics. As Dr. Andrew Cosgarea of Johns Hopkins found over years of practice, the old approach of age-based treatment was falling short in serving this increasingly diverse population; his experience, and that of a growing number of orthopedists, suggests that treatment should be individualized to the patient, whether it’s surgery or a more conservative approach combining modalities like physical therapy and orthopedic equipment.

Step One: The Diagnosis

ACL tear diagnosis should, of course, be done as soon as possible after the injury occurs. While a Lachman test is considered the gold standard for diagnosis, a follow-up via MRI is often common, or may be requested by the patient’s insurance company as a confirmation. Diagnostic criteria are consistent regardless of the patient’s age, gender, or medical history. However, once we move from diagnosis to treatment, we begin to see some changes emerge.

Step Two: Approaches to Treatment

Until fairly recently, the approach to treating an ACL tear was based on the patient’s age. The emerging treatment model still accounts for age, but shifts focus to the patient’s activity levels and desired outcomes. Even though the steps taken are similar in their broad strokes, patient history and needs will often dictate shifts in emphasis when choosing treatments and carrying out long-term care. 

The reason for an individualized approach is simple. The needs of a teenager who’d like to get back to her soccer team as soon as possible will be different than those of a woman with kids, which will in turn be different from those of a senior citizen concerned with getting groceries to her second-floor walkup. And each of them will have different needs and expectations than a man in his early sixties who’d like to get back to his morning walks around the neighborhood, but who won’t be competing in the high jump any time soon.

So what treatments are available?

More conservative approaches, like a knee brace, physical therapy, or occupational therapy will be fine for individuals who are only concerned with basic day-to-day activities like walking, cleaning, and laundry, and are tolerated reasonably well by many individuals. Surgical procedures are called for when activity levels and concomitant strain placed on the knee are higher. An autograft, which replaces the ACL with tendons from the hamstring or patella, helps in this regard. However, if those methods don’t bring relief — or if a prior ACL surgery has failed — an allograft may be called for instead.

A Thought in Closing

The treatment modalities outlined above don’t always break down as cleanly as we’ve listed them. Indeed, it’s far more common to progress through the steps, or for different treatment modalities to support and reinforce one another. For instance, a brace can aid in a comfortable recovery, and PT and OT are common post-surgery to help patients regain mobility, strength, and function, especially when a patient has delayed in seeking treatment. So a careful approach is called for, combining patient consultation, appropriate treatment, and of course, the right orthopedic equipment from Great Lakes Imaging.

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Repair or Replace Clinical Equipment? Hire a Professional to Find Out!

Repair or Replace Clinical Equipment

Your practice is well-respected in your community. That’s understandable, since you’re the first place people turn to when something goes wrong. But where do you turn when you’re the one who needs help? We don’t just mean life’s aches and pains; we mean the pain points of your practice, not least of which is the breakdowns suffered by clinical equipment and the slowdowns they cause in your office. When treatment or diagnostic equipment isn’t performing 100%, you’re not either. But before you shudder at replacement cost, find out whether medical equipment repair from Great Lakes Imaging is a viable option. 

On-Site Clinical Equipment Repairs

Our goal, like yours, is to keep your practice running with minimal disruptions. That’s why our medical equipment technicians arrive with manuals, tools, and parts in tow so that most repairs can be handled in your office, getting you back up and running at full capacity quickly. Whether it’s keeping your equipment sanitary with intact cushions, ensuring that the motor runs quietly, or ensuring that all parts have their intended range of motion, we’ve got you covered.

Off-Site Clinical Equipment Repairs

On the other hand, after a consultation, you may decide that having our team on-site could interrupt the flow of your practice. Or there may be cases in which the repairs needed for your treatment equipment — such as your HYLO or decompression table — are better handled in our in-house workshop in Michigan. If that’s the case, don’t worry; we turn repairs around quickly, and your equipment will return to you in like-new condition.

X-Ray Calibrations

Precision matters in practically everything you do, but nowhere is it more important than in imaging. When you’re working with radioisotopes, it’s vital to get the right exposure the first time, not only to ensure an accurate diagnosis but also to minimize exposure for patients and staff alike. Because of the half-life of radioactive elements, x-ray machines lose effectiveness over time and need to be calibrated. Your equipment should be inspected and calibrated biannually. We will provide you with a full report so you understand the nature of the work we’ve done.

Clinical Equipment Maintenance

Sometimes the best way to address the “repair or replace” question is to punt. Mind you, we don’t mean ignoring your equipment. Instead, we suggest paying it closer attention. Timely maintenance is quick, easy, and inexpensive. It’s also the best way we know to stave off repairs, minimizing downtime for your equipment and your practice alike.

Working with Great Lakes Imaging

Back to our original question: repair or replace? We find that a conservative approach works best. Equipment maintenance should always be your first choice, since it’s less expensive both in the short term and in terms of the money saved in repairs later. That said, age takes its toll, so even well-maintained equipment can suffer breakdowns. We suggest repairs in most cases, but you may also find that the cost of certain repairs (or their frequency, if it’s a piece you’ve used for many years) dictates that replacement makes more sense.  

More than a medical equipment supply company, Great Lakes Imaging provides medical equipment repair to the Great Lakes region. We serve orthopedists, chiropractors, vets, and a host of other medical practices. And we travel. Our service area covers our home state of Michigan, but if you’re located in Indiana or Ohio, we’re just a phone call away. So get in touch to cover all your diagnostic and treatment equipment needs!

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Five Radiology Tips for Veterinarians

Five Radiology Tips for Veterinarians

Radiology fulfills a number of functions in veterinary practice. Beyond the obvious uses of diagnostic imaging equipment, it’s useful to remember that X-rays are an important profit center in many practices. That is, of course, contingent on getting it right; radiographic faults, as the industry resource Vet Times reminds us, can be a source of frustration, misdiagnoses, and lost profits. With that in mind, Great Lakes Imaging has some simple tips to help you get it right.

Ensure Proper Positioning

Modern medical imaging equipment provides better resolution than ever before, allowing vets to identify and treat common (and uncommon) medical problems and improve outcomes. But your diagnostic tools rely on their operator and the diagnostician, so ensure that you’re positioning the patient properly for the region in question and making enough images for a proper diagnosis to be possible. With patience, it’s possible to get it right the first time and cut down on the number of retakes that are necessary.

Use Proper Restraints

It’s hard enough to get a proper exposure on a cooperative human subject. It’s harder still for technicians working with animals who are in unfamiliar surroundings, and who are being handled by someone who—no matter how professional, caring, and gentle—is unfamiliar to them. Using manual restraint or sandbags can be helpful in this regard. However, if you’re dealing with an animal that’s anxious or agitated, a mild sedative can be an even bigger help. It’s not enough to get the animal into position, after all; keeping them in position long enough for a series of proper exposures will lead to less anxiety for all involved (including you).

Reduce Exposure

Nobody wants to be their own nightlight. A single x-ray isn’t harmful for the patient or the person administering it. But technicians typically take hundreds per year, so anything that decreases exposure—from proper protection to not taking unnecessary X-rays—should be embraced.

Ensure Proper Protection

Speaking of proper protection, your approach should be twofold. On the one hand, proper medical radiation shielding in its many forms (stationary and mobile barriers, lead walls, lead glass, and lead curtains) is an absolute necessity. So too, however, is personal protective equipment, including lead aprons and gloves, glasses, and other gear that protects your staff. That said, there’s also no substitute for care or common sense; these protective measures are designed to minimize exposure to excess background radiation, not from exposure to a direct beam.

Proper Maintenance Matters

PPE is not the only means at your disposal to limit exposure to radiation. Proper maintenance of durable medical equipment like your shielding and X-ray machine are also vital. Something as simple—and too often, overlooked—as proper collimation limits accidental exposure. It has follow-on effects, too, since a properly collimated machine provides more accurate dosing and higher image quality. Ensure that your equipment is maintained on schedule and checked constantly for any signs of trouble.

Running a veterinary practice is as challenging as it is rewarding. For help meeting the challenges to maximize the rewards, get in touch with Great Lakes Imaging. We’re more than an inventory of veterinary equipment for sale—we offer advice and solutions that help from day to day.

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MRI May Prevent Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis in Seniors

MRI Scan

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there is still reason for hope. Early intervention, even with the frustratingly limited treatments currently available, can slow disease progression and thereby extend quality of life for those with the disease. However, that intervention isn’t possible without an early and accurate diagnosis, which can be difficult in neurological issues. Diagnostic imaging equipment has a part to play in reinforcing cognitive and behavioral testing, ensuring a higher degree of accuracy in diagnosis and buying precious time.

The Importance of Accuracy

When Alzheimer’s is mistaken for something else, such as dementia or traumatic brain injury, precious time is lost, and ineffective treatments applied, meaning that a rapidly-closing window can leave few options when the mistake is caught. This cuts both ways, of course. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 40% of dementia has its roots in causes other than Alzheimer’s, and a UCLA study found that a full 21% of adults with dementia may be misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This leads to “patients not receiving the appropriate treatment, and prevents them from participating in clinical trials that could improve their overall care.”

Current Diagnostic Tools

For quite some time, the diagnostic tools available were limited to cognitive and behavioral evaluations conducted by a general practitioner, geriatrician, or neurologist. Impaired cognitive ability, memory loss, behavioral changes, and degraded ability to do everyday tasks were all taken as possible symptoms, and might be evaluated alongside interviews with friends and family as a control. Testing for other conditions, like strokes and Parkinson’s disease would also be performed to rule out other diseases and disorders.

Brain imaging is a more powerful tool in the diagnostic arsenal. As it stands now, technology like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans are used to rule out brain tumors, strokes, and cerebral hemorrhage, to distinguish among types of degenerative brain disease, and to understand the degree of degeneration.

New Uses for MRIs in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The above-cited UCLA study holds out hope for more accurate diagnoses. By measuring brain volume and closely examining the regions of the brain affected, it becomes possible to diagnose with greater accuracy and a higher degree of certainty.

This is due in part to the distinct regions of the brain affected by different pathologies; for instance, the damage found in the hippocampus that is common to Alzheimer’s cases is largely absent or significantly less severe in patients with traumatic brain injury and dementia, whereas the ventral diencephalon damage found in TBI and dementia are not associated with Alzheimer’s. This use of magnetic resonance imaging should increase the accuracy of diagnosis, moving the timeline so that the right treatment starts earlier.

The Future of Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Earlier, we mentioned PET scans in brain imaging. A new use is just over the horizon. As the Mayo Clinic points out, PET scans are capable of finding the tau proteins and amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, even before the onset of symptoms. However, this use is still in the research phase, and may not come into common use as a diagnostic tool for some time yet.

It’s axiomatic that you fight a war with the army you have. All of us at Great Lakes Imaging are well aware of the dedication and tenacity of those on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s—Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers, as well as the doctors and scientists alike. But we also know that the arsenal available to the “troops” is still a work in progress, and we look forward to further progress as we all fight to eradicate this scourge.

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Software & Tools to Integrate in Your Chiropractor Practice

Software & Tools to Integrate in Your Chiropractor Practice

We know that chiropractic care  addresses more than spinal health; it helps patients with their physical, mental, and emotional well-being too. Similarly, Great Lakes Imaging addresses more than chiropractic offices’ imaging needs. We are a comprehensive chiropractic supply company, offering a range of software and other tools that let you stop worrying about equipment so you can give your patients more of your undivided attention and care.

Imaging Hardware

If you seek an all-in-one imaging solution for your chiropractic practice, our digital Universal Chiropractic System provides high-resolution imaging that’s fast and accurate without the need for film. Its compact size ensures it adapts to a wide range of space constraints, while electromagnetic brakes and fixed positioning help with accuracy. Also inquire about our wired and wireless DR panels, which provide rapid charging, high-res analog to digital conversions, and ample imaging area.

Imaging Software

While we wouldn’t discount the importance of medical imaging — it’s our bread and butter, after all — we’re well aware that it’s what you do with the images that matters. That’s why our chiropractic x-ray systems are bundled with analytical tools and software that allow for advanced orthogonal analysis, upper cervical analysis, ilium analysis, line drawing, and much more. The level of precision our software provides in tandem with hardware allows for a much more thorough approach to chiropractic care.

Tables and Benches

The adjusting table is the backbone of the chiropractic office. We offer multiple options, many of which can be expanded upon or accessorized for pelvic rotation, manual or automatic cocking drops, and much more.

  • Electric and manual adjusting tables
  • Stationary tables
  • Hylo tables
  • Combination units that combine elevation, hylo, and flexion-distraction functions
  • Roller massage tables for soothing cervical, thoracic, and lumbar massage
  • Portable adjustment, massage, and treatment tables that set up in moments

Traction Equipment

Traction systems and decompression tables like those from Triton, Chattanooga, and Saunders help with muscle mobilization, decompression, and depressurization of nerves and discs. With multiple adjustment settings, intermittent and cyclic tension options that mimic hands-on therapy, and a variety of table adjustments, our traction tables, units, and accessories are an ideal addition to your office.

Other Solutions

The products listed above are, of course, only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Among our other options are the Apollo Desktop Laser Unit, which can be used on two patients at once or two areas on the same patient, providing great deep tissue relief. It’s an excellent complement to the FMST TOOLS Fluid Motion Soft Tissue tools. And if you’re like many of our chiropractic partners, you offer other products for sale in your office, including nutritional support and topical pain relief; we invite you to consider our Omni cervical relief pillow as a further beneficial add-on for your patients.

Working with Great Lakes Imaging

Whether you’re updating the equipment in your practice or are taking your first steps into the field, Great Lakes Imaging provides a wide range of equipment — with customization options — to ensure you remain on the cutting edge of chiropractic treatment. For a consultation, price quote, or answers to your questions about our product line, get in touch today!

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How to Choose an X-Ray Machine For Your Healthcare Office

The ability to conduct x-rays in-house provides a number of benefits for healthcare practices. There are no wait times for third-party imaging, results can be evaluated faster, and the quality of patient care is improved. But choosing the correct medical imaging equipment is vital. Great Lakes Imaging has the following suggestions to help your medical practice — from chiropractors to veterinarians to orthopedists — choose wisely.

Start Simple

You can begin to narrow your options with two easy questions: what are you looking at, and what are you looking for? This will help you rule out large amounts of medical imaging equipment so you’re not wasting time on things your practice doesn’t need.

Digital or Film?

Film machines are less expensive, require less maintenance, and have less to malfunction. Digital machines provide a level of detail — sometimes with the ability to enhance segments of the file — and the ability to store on digital media for quicker recall. Some film machines can be converted for digital use, so if you’re considering making the switch, ask us whether yours is compatible with digital capture.

New or Used?

Medical practices change their equipment periodically to meet changes in demand, meaning that you may find equipment on the secondhand market that perfectly suits your needs. Going through a dealer gives you a level of accountability and peace of mind that might otherwise be missing.

Are You Experienced?

If your practice is incorporating medical imaging as a new service, you’ll want to choose between a stationary unit and one that’s portable. You’ll also need to evaluate your premises to see what kind of radiation shielding you’ll need, and any other accommodations you’ll need to make.

Get Help

That brings us to our next point. From our patients to our available space, no practice is one-size-fits-all. A DVM specializing in large animals is going to have different requirements than one whose clientele are mostly dog and cat owners; each, in turn, will have much different needs than a chiropractor. But even within those constraints, there are many more options than you may realize, so a consultation ahead of your purchase can help steer you toward something that fits your practice (and your space constraints) best.

Choose the Right Provider

For all their differences, the best medical practices share one thing in common: they’re in demand because they provide a higher level of care and a personal touch to all they serve. We suggest that you choose your medical imaging supplier every bit as carefully as your patients have chosen you.

For more than a quarter of a century, countless practices throughout Michigan have chosen Great Lakes Imaging to meet their needs, and exceed their expectations. That’s because in addition to medical equipment sales, we also offer medical equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and a host of custom health equipment and supplies. Contact Great Lakes Imaging today with your questions and needs — we’re here to help!